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Try using yahoo advanced search for the same search terms - you'll see pure google results.
Pmac is right - this has been like this for a while. I can't figure out where the regular yahoo results come from.
It may be only for generic terms:
Furniture: Mystery results for main search
Furniture Sales: Google results for main search
(Advanced search for both terms is pure Google.)
If this is the case, it would be interesting to know how results for generic terms are generated.
I can't find any correlation with Ink, Overture, etc.
Your experience would suggest this isn't the case.
(As would the fact that Yahoo would presumably let people know how to get listed for these "generic" terms ($) and hasn't.)
Anyone else have ideas on where these results are pulled from?
The actual reason I started this thread was to find out if there is anything that can be done to optimize for Yahoo. If this explanation is right, the answer would be "no".
On another search again using the top 4 on Google as A-D
A #12, B #9, C #39 D#3
If you really want to hear a conspiracy theory; Yahoo is out to get me. Because in case 1, D was my site and in case 2 A & C were my sites.
Do you think Yahoo knows where I live? ;)
I'm also pretty sure that Yahoo is reshuffling some results rather that filtering out (like AOL sometimes does) or throwing new results in. I think that the majority of people in here would have more reason to complain about Yahoo's reshuffling than be happy about it. If we are right with our click-through theory, then big, well-established companies and brand names get an extra boost from Yahoo (because they attract more clicks), and that's something you can't counter even with your best SEO techniques.